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Why Anzhi may be a better bet than Chelsea

August 28, 2011

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First featured in FT The announcement by an obscure Russian club, Anzhi Makhachkala, to make Samuel Eto’o the world’s highest paid footballer (and by some estimates, the highest paid athlete in modern sport) will have most commentators lamenting that football is just a game of money-men and mercenaries. But club owner, Suleiman Kerimov, has less in common with […]

Manchester United choose Asia for IPO

August 16, 2011

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First featured in FT Singaporean fans of Manchester United last caught glimpse of their favourite club when the Red Devils visited the country in a one day trophy-touring parade in July. But as of next year, they, along with millions others, could well have the opportunity to buy shares in the 19 times Premiership champions […]

Real Madrid score in China, but will fans open their wallets?

August 11, 2011

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First featured in FT Real Madrid returned from their pre-season tour of China on Monday with a 100 per cent winning record, 13 goals under their belt and plans to build the largest football academy in Asia. The world’s most famous football club will partner with Chinese Super League team, Guangzhou Evergrande, to set up the […]

Indian football – rising from cricket’s ashes?

August 5, 2011

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First featured in FT With their cricketing fortunes seemingly on the wane, now seems as good a time as any for India to jump on a lucrative football bandwagon. This is exactly the plan of the West Bengal division of the Indian Football Association, which aims to revolutionise domestic football by setting up a money-spinning league for […]